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    Default No. 18 (Burma) Squadron Douglas Bostons

    A few years ago I interviewed the now late WWII RNZAF pilot Ted Edwards, who flew with No. 18 Squadron RAF during WWII. Today I released the interview through the Wings Over New Zealand Show at http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/...9/ted-edwards/

    I was looking through his logbook which I photographed at the time, and I realised he was clever enough to write in both the codes and the serials for a lot of the Bostons he flew. He did this on the aircraft in which he flew ops, but not on aeroplanes he did other flights in, only the code letter for them, although they seem to likely be the same planes).

    So few pilots noted both the codes and serials on aircraft, it was either one or the other. I decided in case anyone out there is looking for such data, I'll list the ones he noted down here. (this begins in June 1943):

    "A" - Z2216 (he noted it as a Boston III)
    "B" - Z2214 (he noted it as a Boston III)
    "C" - Z2239 (he noted it as a Boston III)
    "D" - W8349 (he noted it as a Boston III)
    "E" - AL747 (he noted it as a Boston III)
    "E" - Z2234 (he noted it as a Boston III, replacement?)
    "F" - Z2226 (he noted it as a Boston III)
    "G" - W8398 (he noted it as a Boston III)
    "H" - 43-33223 (he noted it as an A-20C)
    "K" - 42-33207 (he noted it as an A-20C)
    "L" - Z2197 (he noted it as an A-20C)
    "L" - Z2179 (he noted it as a Boston III) not sure if this is the same one above with wrong data
    "P" - Z2280 (he noted it as a Boston III)

    Bostons he flew without noting the serials were
    "J" - (he noted it as a Boston III)
    "N" - (he noted it as a Boston III)
    "S" - (he noted it as a Boston III)
    "V" - (he noted it as a Boston III)
    "W" - (he noted it as a Boston III)
    "X" - (he noted it as a Boston)

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    Hello Dave,

    I note with interest your recording of No.18 Squadron A-20 as "H" 43-33223*. Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean Vol.2/Gunby & Temple (p.70) record this aircraft as AL742:"H". The No.18 Sqn History, "With Courage and Faith"/Butterworth/A-B/p.35, has the following:

    On Friday, 27 August (1943), in the first 'ops' from Gerbini 3, six Bostons took off to attack gun positions north of Reggio de Calabria. No opposition was encountered, H-Harry (33223) crashed on the runway shortly after take-off and P/O Ken Arthur and his crew, P/O P J Custance (RCAF), and Sgts D F Newcombe (RCAF) and P A Fricker were all killed. The pilot came from the north of England and was the last to survive of four brothers. He had volunteered for an extra operation after completing his tour of ops and was awaiting posting to non-operational duties. The bombs did not explode, but oil and petrol caught fire and none of the crew could be rescued.

    * I'm sure this should read, "42-33223".

    See:
    With Courage and Faith The Story of No.18 Squadron Royal Air Force.
    Butterworth,A.
    Tonbridge:Air Britain (Historians),1989.
    pp.35 & 62-3.

    Thanks for the listing, most informative!

    Col.
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    Thanks Col. I am glad someone has found this info useful and of interest. I am pretty sure the logbook had the 43 prefix, I remember specifically seeing 43. If you prompt me tomorrow i'll crank up the other computer and look again though, it's way too late at night to do so now.
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    Very interesting. I can add:
    Z2205/J 18 Sqn, 326 Wing.
    AL497/S 18 Sqn, 326 Wing.
    AL751/W 18 Sqn, 326 Wing.
    With US serials:
    42-33202/D 18 Sqn, 326 Wing. A-20C.
    42-33206/U 18 Sqn, 326 Wing. A-20C.
    42-33207/K 18 Sqn, 326 Wing. A-20C.
    42-33223/H 18 Sqn, 326 Wing. A-20C.
    42-33227/M 18 Sqn, 326 Wing. A-20C.
    42-33229/A/41 18 Sqn, 326 Wing. A-20C, photo at
    http://media.iwm.org.uk/ciim5/55/443/large_000000.jpg
    43-9646 18 Sqn, 232 Wing, Italy. A-20G.

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    Thanks Zoran.

    Col, I checked the logbook and it definitely says 43-33223 for A-20C "H". It must have been Ted's error when he wrote it down.

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    G'day Guy's Boston's are my favourite aircraft and have been researching them for years, I will expand on the Code to serials with 18 Sqn but thought I would throw a little bit of info in , first 42-33223 is "H" it was an A-20C (Boston IIIA) that came from Boston's earmarked for Russia, it replaced earlier Boston III's also coded "H", (Boston IIIA BZ216 and Boston III AL742 were also "H"'s).
    Of note the Boston's on RAF strength in the Mediterranean theatre with US serials were issued with the RAF HKxxx series serials in early 1944, one such aircraft was 42-33227 "M" , it became HK971 "M" in mid May 1944 and was lost 1/2 Aug 44 , it came on strength with 18 Sqn in Jan 44.
    regards Mark

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